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Computational Chemistry and its Applications in Chemistry and Biology
October 10, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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About the Speaker:
Ara Abramyan got his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Moscow Medical Academy (MMA). After graduation from MMA in 2007, he worked for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in Moscow. He received an M.S. in drug discovery from University College London’s School of Pharmacy and then moved to the United States in 2010 to do his PhD degree in computational biochemistry at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Having received his PhD degree, Abramyan moved on for a postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA), where he currently works. At NIDA, he works on understanding mechanisms of both ligand interactions with and mutations of neurotransmitter transporters. Specifically, he examines how these ligands/mutations trigger conformational changes in these transporter proteins, which in turn result in various diseases, including psychostimulant abuse, depressions, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.